Fly To Winnipeg, Manitoba
A metropolis where you least expect it, Winnipeg is full of surprises. Even though Winnipeg winters are long and cold, the city’s people are a sincere bunch and the ‘Little Big City’ in the geographic centre of Canada is the ideal destination if you’re looking to wander historic neighbourhoods and lap up an unforgettable mix of big city fun and hometown charm.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders travelling to Winnipeg do require a Visa to enter Canada. Make sure your SA passport is valid for 6 months from the date of your return and has a few pages free for stamps.
- The South African High Commission can be found at 15 Sussex Drive, K1M 1 M8, Ottawa, Ontario. Phone: +1 613 744 0330.
See and do
Located in the historical CP Rail Station, the Aboriginal Centre is a gathering place for the city’s Aboriginal community. The restaurant offers tourists the opportunity to experience authentic Aboriginal cuisine and you will enjoy seeing the Rotunda area, complete with original doorways.
There are several notable landmarks in Winnipeg, including the Forks on the Red River. The Forks Market is a vibrant place to experience fresh and speciality foods and there are over 50 unique shops all housed in an eclectic, historic building which was once a horse stable. Head over to the hayloft for local handicrafts and one-of-a-kind items.
Another must-visit is the neighbourhood of St. Boniface, the city’s French quarter. There are a multitude of activities on offer as well as loads of shops and delectable restaurants. The St. Boniface Cathedral dates back to 1908 but was destroyed in a fire in 1968. There are walls remaining which have been incorporated into the new church’s design. The cathedral really is a testament to the city’s history and there are frequently theatrical productions performed in the adjacent cemetery.
For a great family day out, visit Assiniboine Park. Here you will find a zoo, English Garden, Conservatory, Tudor-style pavilion and sculpture garden. There are also walking trails, cycling trails and picnic areas. If you visit in the winter you can enjoy skating, tobogganing and skiing on the Duck Pond.
Families visiting Winnipeg have plenty to do including:
- Grand Prix Amusements complete with go-karting, bumper boats, mini golf, arcades and batting cages.
- Fun Mountain Water Slide Park.
- Thunder Rapids Fun Park.
- Tinkertown Family Fun Park – an outdoor amusement park with more than 20 rides.
- Springhill Winter Sports Park has 10 ski runs, a tow rope and quad chairlift.
When it comes to festivals in Winnipeg there are no shortages either:
- For 10 days in February the city is host to Le Festival du Voyageur, the largest winter festival in Canada.
- Winnipeg Comedy Festival.
- Pride Winnipeg Festival usually takes place at the beginning of June and has been running since 1987.
- Winnipeg Folk Festival is a premier outdoor music festival featuring an array of artists.
From sports matches to museums, theatre, galleries and so much more you can be sure of a jam-packed itinerary when you visit Winnipeg!
Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport – YWG
This is the eighth busiest airport in Canada and in 2012 the main passenger terminal was actually selected by the Travel Channel as one of the most iconic airport buildings in the world!
Food and beverage: Fuel Bar, Gondola Pizza, Harvey’s, Red Wok, Salisbury House, Starbucks Coffee, Stella’s Café & Bakery and many others.
Currency Exchange: ICE – International Currency Exchange, is at Winnipeg Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost & Found is located at the Information Booth on the Arrivals level.
Airport Hotel: Four Pints by Sheraton.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National Car Rental, Alamo Rent A Car.
Airport Hub: Winnipeg International Airport (code YWG) is a hub for Calm Air, Cargojet and Premier Aviation.